7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2009 7:32 PM by PT
merlinca Level 1 (5 points)
I'm very new to Apple, iMac and iPhoto, so please excuse my ignorance if I'm asking the blindingly obvious.

I am putting together an audio/visual presentation (slideshow and music) as a surprise for my wife, who shares the use of our iMac. Is there any way I can hide the photos that I need to bring into my Library so that she doesn't see them until I'm ready?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Ho Lee MACkeral Level 4 (2,185 points)
    None that I know of. Why not create another account (via System Preference/Accounts) and make the slideshow there.
  • Bruce Nitro Level 1 (5 points)
    Highlight photos you want to hide. Then click the "Hide" button located at the bottom of iPhoto (should be by edit, rotate, flag, etc)...or hit command + L (does the same thing). Now they are hidden.

    To unhide, simply click up on the top: View > Hidden Photos and they will pop back up with an X on them, indicating they are flagged to hide (if you click on View > Hidden Photos to uncheck it, then they'll hide again).

    If you want to unhide them for good, after you've clicked View > Hidden Photos to bring them back, just highlight them again and hit the Hide button (or command + L).
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    Hiding will work but there's no security to it. She can easily unhide them herself.

    You can make a second Library:

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library' and make your project there.

    Managing Multiple Libraries - including moving pics/albums/rolls and metadata between them - is greatly facilitated by using iPhoto Library Manager


  • merlinca Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks, if I can't find a better way, I might try this, but, for the moment, I'll keep looking.
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)
    Two users sharing one machine should each have their own account (imho). This is something Apple does well and has done well for years. You can share photos and music between accounts (or not). Set it up with Fast User Switching.
  • merlinca Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not how we operate. Our single account is used by both of us because either of us needs to be able to do so for business reasons. Moving to two separate accounts is just not practical.
  • PT Level 7 (20,875 points)
    As Terence already pointed out, your best option may be to create an alternate iPhoto library and just pick an obscure place on your hard drive where she won't run across it (some place several layers deep in a folder structure.

    You would just have to open the alternative library, close it when done, then re-open iPhoto to point it back to the original library so she doesn't accidentally open the surprise library.